500 runners and 150 volunteers fill the trails of Collserola in the Antena Solidària Race

The 6th edition of the Antena Solidària Trail Pedralbes solidarity race took place on Sunday morning, 13 November, starting from the Pedralbes Monastery Square, and going through the trails of Collserola. More than 500 athletes and 150 volunteers ran and worked to make a direct impact on the education of children in Ghana and Barcelona.

The Antena Solidària Trail Pedralbes is a race that seeks to make a direct impact on the education of the younger generations in Ghana, through NASCO Feeding Minds, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, and to finance grants for the Moragas Special Education School [EES Moragas] in Barcelona. The race was organised by the Pedralbes Student Resident Hall [Col·legi Major Universitari Pedralbes] and the Pedralbes Neighbourhood Association and sponsored by UIC Barcelona.

In addition, some 15 Physiotherapy students, most in their 3rd and 4th year, under the direction of teacher Pol Serra, participated as volunteers in the post-race recovery area. Here, the runners who needed assistance could be attended by these future physiotherapists, with different interventions such as massage and stretching, to release muscle tension and flush the metabolites caused by the exercise, reduce fatigue and facilitate the return to normal.

This is the 6th edition of a race that, since 2016, with the parenthesis of pandemic in between, has grown in participants and volunteers year after year. The race was created thanks to the efforts of Ousman Umar, founder of NASCO, who embarked on a journey when he was only 12 years old and fell into the trap of the mafias in his 5-year-long journey to Europe.

And not wanting to leave out any of the institutions in need in Barcelona, every year a different entity of the city has benefited from this race. In this edition, the Escola Moragas, a special education school cooperative in the Pedralbes district, will be the beneficiary of this race.

With the start and finish line located in the Monastery Square and with a festive spirit, 500 runners had the opportunity to choose one of the three Antena Solidària race distances: the half marathon (22.5 kilometres), a trail (11 kilometres) and the popular hike (8 kilometres). The route linked the historic Pedralbes Monastery Square with the Sant Pere Màrtir communications antenna, the solidary antenna.

This year, the Antena Solidària Trail Pedralbes race is part of the events celebrating UIC Barcelona's 25 years. The rector of UIC, Alfonso Méndiz, was in charge of presenting the trophies to the half marathon winners. Méndiz took the opportunity to thank the organisers for their work and was happy to “see how much solidarity you see here” and pleased to be the new sponsor. “I hope,” he said, showing his love for cinema, “that, as in Casablanca, this will be the beginning of a long friendship.”